Emergency and Resuscitation Medicine

Postgraduate Diploma ( 2 years Part-time Online Learning )


Application deadline for 2019 entry: Friday 13th September 2019


Courses available:
MSc or PGDip

A Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and Barts Health NHS Trust collaboration

Be the best you can – revolutionise your resuscitation care

Resuscitation is a rapidly evolving area of medicine that crosses the boundaries of emergency medicine, intensive care medicine, anaesthesia and acute medicine. Early recognition of critical illness and resuscitation saves lives and reduces suffering for our patients. We are offering an MSc, Diploma and Taster MOOC to provide an opportunity for you to develop your skills in this area under the guidance of an international faculty. The level of study and knowledge will go beyond most specialist exit exams marking you as a potential leader in this field. We will bring together teaching on diagnosis, resuscitation, pathophysiology, imaging, toxicology, CRM and pre-hospital care/mass casualty medicine under a single umbrella. Resuscitation Medicine is arguably evolving into a subspecialty of medical care and with this course we aim to provide the skills to develop expertise in this field.

Who should apply?

The course welcomes students from medical, nursing and paramedic backgrounds from both overseas and Europe/UK. It is designed for trainees and consultants in Emergency Medicine and other acute care specialities,. It is also designed to assist advanced nurse practitioners and paramedics to gain skills in Resuscitation Medicine.

Why study Emergency and Resuscitation Medicine at QMUL and Barts Health?

  • Delivered by a leading UK Medical School ranked 2nd in the UK for Medicine (Guardian University Guide 2017)  

  • Delivered by a Russell Group university

  • An excellent reputation in Emergency Medicine, Trauma Surgery and Critical Care

  • Active research and teaching programmes in Emergency Medicine, Trauma Surgery and Critical Care.

  • Barts Health NHS Trust is home to:

    • The largest Emergency Department under one R&D in the UK (approaching 1000 attendances daily)   
    • Europe’s largest Trauma Centre
    • Europe’s busiest Heart attack Centre.
  • Close links with Academic Critical Care, with research led by Professor Rupert Pearse (NIHR Clinical Scientist) and Academic Trauma Sciences, research led by Professor Karim Brohi.

  • The William Harvey Research Institute (WHRI) at QMUL has an international profile in Critical Care research

  • The Trauma Sciences team are at the forefront of Trauma research with a special interest in trauma coagulopathy and resuscitation

  • Excellent worldwide reputation for delivering successful online MSc courses

  • The Emergency Department is home to London’s Air Ambulance, a world renowned pre-hospital care paramedic/doctor staffed trauma response team
  • The Institute of Pre-hospital care was set up in 2013 and now runs a very popular BSc for undergraduates

  • The successful Academic Department Emergency Medicine was set up in 2012 with the appointment a Professor Emergency Medicine. Since then the regional portfolio research has risen annually to be now third placed nationally for recruitment

The MSc and Diploma

The MSc is a 3-year 180 credit MSc, including a 60 credit 10000+/- 500 word dissertation in year 3. It offers two years of structured web based teaching via  an online learning platform. For students who wish not to complete a dissertation in year 3, a 2-year Diploma is offered based on the lectures, tutorials and course work.

This course commences September 2019

The course is online, allowing you to study at your own pace and in your own time, enabling you to continue with your work commitments. It provides an excellent structured learning platform for trainees and specialists to develop skills in this area. Lectures are delivered by leading experts in the field with the same lecturer/course leads offering weekly tutorials.

In the first two years the course offers 8 modules covering different areas of critical care. Each of the eight modules runs over 10 weeks, In year 3 the 60-credit dissertation is completed by students completing the MSc.

The Taster MOOC – free online learning

The massive open online course (MOOC) is an opportunity for you to improve your skills and to learn about Emergency and Resuscitation Medicine from an international faculty of world class speakers. The MOOC will give you a taste of what is on offer at masters and Diploma level. The MOOC includes lectures on the recognition and treatment of shock and provides an introduction to statistics and critical appraisal.

The MOOC is a free to access, distance learning package allowing you to study at your own pace and in your own time. This taster course will allow you to access all the teaching material from modules 1 and 2 of the MSc including video lectures., The MOOC will not include content such as the MCQs, online lectures and tutorials, which are reserved for those studying the full MSc/PGDip programme.

If you enjoy the MOOC you may want to enrol in the associated MSc or PG Dip in Emergency and Resuscitation Medicine offered at QMUL. Click here to access the MOOC

Why Study at QMUL/Barts Health?

A rich and diverse history

Barts is a faculty of QMUL and has an unrivalled tradition of excellence in research and teaching. The London was the first medical school in England, founded in 1785, and Barts Hospital was established in 1123. Our location in the east of London and elsewhere in the East London Gateway will enhance your experience. Not only are we in one of the capital’s most vibrant areas to live, we also serve a diverse local community where you will develop your clinical skills and knowledge.

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL)

We are one of the UK’s leading universities – in the most recent national assessment of research quality, we were placed ninth in the UK (REF 2014) among multi-faculty universities. This means that the teaching on our postgraduate programmes is directly inspired by the world-leading research of our academics.

Find out more about QMUL here – watch our video

Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry

Barts is a leading UK medical school ranked 2nd in the UK for Medicine in the Guardian University Guide 2017. Our world-leading research spans medicine, dentistry, and the biological and physical sciences. You will be taught by experts in their field, and will benefit from our fantastic location in central and east London. From showing that stem cells can regrow liver, pancreas and intestine to producing evidence that folic acid should be added to bread, our research puts us amongst the top five research institutions in the UK, alongside Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial College and University College London. We work closely with linked NHS hospital trusts which means that the School’s research and teaching is informed by an exceptionally wide-ranging and stimulating clinical environment. Our medical school was rated second overall in the UK.

For more information including how to apply, please contact:

Dr Tim Harris (Programme Director) T.harris@qmul.ac.uk
Dr Ben Bloom (Associate Programme Director) Ben.Bloom@bartshealth.nhs.uk
Krys Gunton (Education Administrator)


The programme is part time and distance learning so you can study at home and in your own time. The resources of QMUL are open to students, including remote access journals and library facilities.

The MSc is a 3-year 180 credit MSc, including a 60 credit 10000+/- 500 word dissertation in year 3. It offers two years of structured web based teaching via  an online learning platform. For students who wish not to complete a dissertation in year 3, a 2-year Diploma is offered based on the lectures, tutorials and course work

Each 15-credit module consists of approximately 20 one-hour pre-recorded lectures and linked one-hour tutorials with two or three lectures and tutorials delivered each week. Each module offers around 40 hours contact time and 110 hours self-directed study.


Section 1 – 60 credits

Year 1

Fundamentals of Research


To provide an introduction into basic skills required in academic medicine.


By the end of this module you will have a clear understanding of research methodology, legislation and ethics. You will learn how to submit work to journals and how to best present scientific findings. You will understand how to obtain and critically review scientific papers and educational material.

The Physiology of Shock, shock syndromes and tools of Resuscitation


This module aims to teach you how to identify which patients require resuscitation and the tools by which this is achieved.


By the end of this module you will have learned how to apply the material studied in Module Two into clinical practice. You will have gained further insights into cardiovascular physiology and will have a clear idea of what is meant by resuscitation and how to classify shock. The most common causes of shock will be reviewed in detail. You will gain understanding of the tools of resuscitation: oxygen, fluids, inotropes, vasopressors and blood transfusion.

Cardiac arrest, Airway management, Analgesia and Procedural Sedation


This module will equip you with knowledge of oxygen delivery, advanced airway care, respiratory support, procedural sedation/analgesia and state of the art treatment of cardiorespiratory arrest in adults and children.


In the first part of this module you will review the mechanisms for respiratory failure, non-invasive ventilation and advanced airway care. You will learn best practice in acute care analgesia and sedation.  In the second part of the module you will focus on the best practice care for patients in cardiopulmonary arrest in a wide range of scenarios.  In the final section of the module you will focus on the critically ill child and mother.

Emergency Care


In this section you will review a wide range of acute medical problems that are at risk of deterioration in the early phase of care.


During this module you will develop the knowledge for a wide range of common critical care presentation. You will learn to risk assess many common presenting symptoms and identify patients at high risk. You will also better understand the on-going management of these conditions.

Year 2(60 credits)

Trauma: The Disease


This module focuses on the assessment and initial resuscitation of major trauma.


During this module you will develop skills in the identification of traumatic injuries, imaging, the role of blood products/fluid in resuscitation. The emphasis will be on understanding the underlying pathophysiology of trauma shock. You will also gain deeper understanding of the interaction between all specialties involved in trauma care.

Diagnostic Tools in Critical illness

Imaging, point of care ultrasound and point of care biochemistry in the assessment in critical illness


This module focuses on the diagnostic work up in the early phases of resuscitation.


During this module you will improve your ability to interpret bedside metabolic parameters provided by blood gas analysis, and you will interpret the chest radiograph and acute computed tomography imaging as applied to acute care in critical illness. You will also gain an understanding of the role of focussed ultrasound and echocardiography in the diagnosis of acute illness and guiding resuscitation.

Toxicology and CBRN in Critical Illness


This module focuses acute toxicology as applied to critical illness.


During this module you will gain an understanding of toxidromes, diagnosis of poisoning, the approach to decontamination of patients and both supportive and toxin specific care.

Pre-hospital and Mass Casualty situations


The aim of this module is to equip you with a basic knowledge of pre-hospital care. It does not seek to provide training in pre-hospital care but rather to provide an understanding of the specific issues as regards the pre-hospital environment.


In this module you will gain an understanding of the pre-hospital environment and the issues faced by those who work in this area. Hospital based practitioners will gain knowledge as to what care is and can be provided pre-hospital and how mass casualty events are managed.

Year 3(60 Credits for MSc Award)

Dissertation 7,000-10,000 word dissertation

Entry requirements

For doctors:

  • A medical degree
  • Two or more years’ basic training in Emergency Medicine/anaesthesia/general medicine/cardiology/acute surgery/intensive care medicine/pre-hospital care.
  • Current employment in emergency medicine, critical care, acute medicine, observation medicine or pre-hospital care. Part time work of at least two days per week is accepted.

For nurses:

- An undergraduate degree at 2:1 or higher. Applicants with academic study slightly below this level will be considered on an individual basis if there is very strong evidence of suitable clinical experience in a relevant medical field.  For example, nursing professionals with non-honours degrees or diploma/foundation degrees but who come with extensive clinical experience.

  • 5 years’ experience in emergency and critical care nursing
  • A letter of support from the departmental lead or educational lead that the applicant has the skill set to complete the course.

For paramedics:

  • A degree in paramedic science at 2:1 or higher. Applicants with academic study slightly below this level will be considered on an individual basis if there is very strong evidence of suitable clinical experience in a relevant medical field.  For example, Paramedics with non-honours degrees or diploma/foundation degrees but who come with extensive clinical experience.
  • 5 years’ experience working as a paramedic OR 3 years’ experience plus at least 12 months experience working as a critical care paramedic or in a dedicated HEMS system.

For Physician's Assistants/Associates:

  • A degree in this area at 2:2 or higher. Applicants with academic study slightly below this level will be considered on an individual basis if there is very strong evidence of suitable clinical experience in a relevant medical field.
  • 4 years' experience with at least 2 years in emergency medicine/anaesthesia/general medicine/cardiology/acute surgery/intensive care medicine/pre-hospital care. Up to 2 years from previous paramedic/nursing experience could be included.

For all applicants:

  • English language skills defined by IELTS language test scores of academic standard 7.0 or QMUL recognised equivalent; exempt if medical education completed in English.
  • Successful application by personal statement of 500-1000 words explain the reasons for applying for this MSc and what each candidate hopes to gain from their study.

IT required

In order to study this programme, students will require regular access to a computer with a high speed internet connection.

Learning and teaching

MSc Emergency and Resuscitation Medicine

Online lectures

Academics will provide pre-recorded lectures.Students will be allocated to a study group with a rotating academic lead. Each study group will be set a task for review and discussion following each lecture, to prepare for the accompanying tutorial.

Online tutorials

The tutorial consist two parts: firstly a review of the topic with an opportunity for questions and secondly the presentation of the assignments. These are assessed as a group. Groups will feed back to the class during the tutorial for group discussion. The assigned lead student will present a written report of 900-1100 words on the assigned topic which will be assessed.

A one-hour on line tutorial group discussion is provided by the tutor approximately one week following each lecture. Students are expected to have read around the topic prior to joining the tutorial and completing their assigned tasks.

Reading lists

Reading lists and some reading material are supplied. Reading material is placed in a dedicated repository to which students are invited to add their own material.


Each module is assessed by an online MCQ with two attempts to pass. The pass-mark is set at 50%. Groups will be assessed as a whole, and awarded a pass, fail or more work required grade.  The presenter will be the assigned student lead – chosen by the course tutor. All modules will feature written reports summarising the assigned work,  presented by the group lead. These will be 900-1100 word reports or case reports. Pass marks are set at 50% and one repeat submission is allowed in the event of failure

How long will it take to complete the MSc?

Students will sit four modules each year, commencing in September. Each module runs for around 10 weeks, except for the trauma module.  Study breaks are for two weeks at Christmas and Easter, and eight weeks in the summer. Each year of the course runs 44 weeks from week one in September to last week June.

Each module represents around 150 hours of notional study – this includes self-directed reading, lectures, tutorials, , assessments and assignments. Each module will consist of around 20 lectures, each lecture approximately 60 minutes in length and an accompanying group tutorial of approximately 60 minutes in length. Contact teaching is approximately 40 hours with self-directed study of around 110 hours per module equating to around 11 hours each week. The MSc therefore requires a time commitment of around 600 hours annually for three years.


Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2019/20 Academic Year

Part time DL £3,050

Tuition fees for International students

2019/20 Academic Year

Part time DL £5,450

Part time fees are charged per annum over two years for a two year programme and per annum over three years for a three year programme. A percentage increase may be applied to the fees in years two and three.

This increase is defined each year and published on the intranet and in the Tuition Fee Regulations. A 3% increase was applied to the unregulated university fees in 2019/20. Further information can be viewed on our University Fees webpage, including details about annual increases.


There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.

Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.

Alternative sources of funding

Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.

Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.

Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.

Read more about alternative sources of funding for Home/EU students and for Overseas students.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079
email bursaries@qmul.ac.uk

Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717



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